Most Messed Up Release Party in Dallas 4/19

The upcoming show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas is going to be the official release part for Most Messed Up!


The new album will be available at the show — 10 days before the public release date!
There will also be new, never-before-seen merch. Shirts! Buttons! Stickers! Koozies! Edible underwear!*


Share this link to this page on Facebook or Twitter and email a screenshot to, and 10 random lucky fans will win a new sparkly sticker!

Sparkly Stickers


STEP 2: Screengrab your share and email it to **

Then join us at the show! The fantastic lineup includes:

Black Joe Lewis

The Mighty Slobberbone

Madison King

Join us for a night you won’t remember.

*This is probably a lie.
** Contest is not a lie, but your email has to be received on or before April 19 to count.

Pre-Order Bundles w/ T-Shirts & Posters End 4/8

If you want to take advantage of the cool pre-order deals that include t-shirts and/or posters in the bundle, get your order in by Tuesday! After that you can still pre-order a CD or LP but no more bundle opportunities.



All pre-orders include:
- Instant free download of the unreleased track “Career Opportunities”
- Early digital MP3 download of the album on Friday, April 25

The Most Messed Up t-shirt is a limited edition unisex shirt that will ONLY be available via these bundles.

The poster is the first in a series of three from the upcoming tour, a limited edition lithograph revealed here for the first time:

MMU Tour Alien Poster


Old 97′s MMU AMA

AMA = Ask Me Anything

Curious about the inspiration behind the new album? Want to know which song is Ken’s favorite? How many sticks Philip broke during recording? What’s Murry doing RIGHT NOW?

Then post your questions in the comments section below, and in a few days I’ll post the answers to the best ones from the guys themselves.


New Tour Dates + New Song from MMU

Last things first, there’s a great blog post over at where Rhett answers questions about Most Messed Up, and it includes a stream of “Nashville,” what’s sure to be a fan-favorite off the upcoming album.


We’ve also added a ton of June dates to the Shows page, so check ‘em out and make your plans now.

Please note that the Denver and Santa Fe show dates have changed. Any tickets already purchased will be honored for the new dates.



Lest we forget, the guys also appeared on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast today, along with The National. Rhett answered some questions about being a frontman and the band played some stripped down songs.



New Most Messed Up Studio Video

What was it like recording Most Messed Up? Check out this homemade iPhone video from the night Tommy Stinson joined us in the studio.

Most Messed Up Pre-Order Options Web store >
– Instant free download of the unreleased track “Career Opportunities”
– Early digital MP3 download of the album on Friday, April 25
– Exclusive t-shirt & poster pre-order bundles

iTunes Music >

Amazon MP3 >

Amazon CD >

Amazon LP >

Most Messed Up now on iTunes

You can now pre-order Most Messed Up from our friends at iTunes Music.

MMU iTunes




Spring Cleaning T-shirt Sale


We’re down to just a few sizes in a bunch of our t-shirts, so we need to clean out the stock to make room for some new designs. Get a great t-shirt at a great price:

One t-shirt: $12 – save $8
Two t-shirts: $21 – save $19
Three t-shirts: $30 – save $30


Thanks for helping keep things tidy around here.

Special Spring Cleaning sale prices apply to the following shirt/size combos only, while supplies last:

TFTC Ladies Orange
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TFTC Ladies Charcoal
L – 6 left
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Strike Anywhere Men’s
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Cowboy t-shirt Men’s
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Cowboy t-shirt Ladies
XXL – 2 left
XL – 8 left
L – 6 left

Bright Spark
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Bright Spark White Ladies
XXL – 1 left
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Bright Spark Black Ladies
XL – 2 left
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Tic-Tac-Toe Ladies
S – 1 left

Branding Iron
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Branding Iron Ladies
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Rock Crown Ladies
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Match Women’s
XL – 3 left
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Match t-shirt
M – 2 left
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Rock Crown
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Strike Anywhere Womens
XL – 2 left
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Strike Anywhere
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Strike Anywhere
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Strike Anywhere
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Flame womens
S – 1 left

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Trainwreck Womens
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bottle rocket
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bottlecap red
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bottlecap ladies blue
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bottlecap slate blue
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bottlecap navy ladies
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Rhett’s Performing Schedule At SXSW 2014

Hi y’all!

The Old 97′s aren’t playing any showcases at this year’s SXSW, but Rhett is stepping in to represent our favorite foursome at a number of events on Wednesday and Thursday. For any fans in Austin who’ve never seen him solo, shame on you! I kid, but seriously, whether he’s with the band or alone on stage with his guitar, he has one performing mode and that is ALL IN! Seize this opportunity to witness his remarkable skill, talent, and showmanship. Besides, chances are very high he’ll play a number of new songs from Most Messed Up.

Here’s a little teaser from his recent show at World Café Live in Philly:


Rhett starts the ball rolling on Wednesday, March 12 with a 1:50-2:30pm outdoor performance at The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig in East Austin located at 1808 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Then at 6pm he heads over to headline the KEXP party at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop on 400 Nueces St.


Thursday, March 13 is going to be a looooooong day for Mr. Miller, beginning with the KGSR morning showcase at 7am. An obscenely early hour for anyone to be up and functioning, let along a rockstar. Rhett is sandwiched between Nicole Atkins and Jeremy Messersmith, two other acts worth a listen from your ringing ears. This year’s showcase is located at the swanky W Austin on Lavaca St. It will also be streaming live at, so you can pry open your blurry eyes and watch these talented musicians in your jammies.

At 12:30pm, Rhett will be participating in his first SXSW panel, “Fighting for Their Rights: A Discussion on the Beastie Boys, Fair Use and Copyright”. Included on this panel is former Elektra A & R man and long-time friend of the Old 97′s, Tom DeSavia. It should prove to be an informative and lively discussion in room 17B of the Austin Convention Center.

After consuming some famous Austin tacos or perhaps taking a much-needed power nap (I’m just guessing here, but that’s what I, a mere mortal, would do), Rhett will head over to the Brooklyn Vegan + Life or Death Day Party at Red 7 on East 7th to blow the roof off of the inside stage at 3:30pm. You might want to check out Basia Bulat and Nicole Atkins who are also on the bill for that afternoon.

And finally, our prolific lead singer will finish out his SXSW duties with an evening showcase at Buffalo Billiards on 6th. He takes the stage from 9:00-9:40pm.


Whew! I’m exhausted just reading his schedule.

Please keep in mind, showcases are added at the last minute all of the time, so keep an eye on SXSW’s ever-evolving schedule throughout the week.

For those of you lucky enough to be in Austin for the beautiful chaotic circus that is SXSW, have a blast for the rest of us! Please feel free to share any photos and videos from Rhett’s appearances in the Forum section. And remember, KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD!!



Rhett Talks About Most Messed Up with Salon

Great interview with Rhett about the new album over on Salon today.


A sample:

Yes, it has been an emotionally draining time for Miller — but a liberating one as well, too. Something in the awfulness of the pain gave him the freedom to speak out and speak his mind. And this autobiographical song cycle is his most honest, revealing and often laugh-out-loud funny yet. “I’ve come to a decision where I don’t have to try and be perfect,” he said over the phone last week, in an exclusive first interview about the album. “I don’t have to try and be nice. I don’t have to try and make everybody happy all the time.”

That’s apparent from the very first song, “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” which comes right out and admits to the drinking and pills, to how the road can be “a blast and a bore,” to butting heads with band mates, and to nights onstage where everyone is checking the clock. That directness sets the tone for a total excavation of the heart, all of it set against a return of the careening, train-wildly-off-the-track beat that will make fans of “Too Far to Care” and other early albums rejoice.